You’ve got what it takes to become a true Flandrien? That’s the spirit! You might have some questions or you face some technical issues? We’ll help you back on track.
It's quite simple: you take care of the cycling and suffering, technology takes care of the rest. Just make sure to break this down into easy steps:
- Firstly, you must ride the official, marked on the road, Flandrien Challenge segments to qualify for the badges on our website and to be eligible as a True Flandrien. To make sure you hit all the roads you need to, go to Strava and follow this sequence:
Strava > search segments > use this query: ‘flandrien challenge’.
- Then click the star at the left of each Flandrien Challenge segment title. Please note that these run over three pages. This has a secondary benefit if your GPS device has a live segments function of allowing you to unlock segments as you ride the challenge.
- Next up, make sure you enable the routing function on your GPS device. Like our races, the routes we've made to enable you to ride our segments tend to criss-cross each other and the lanes of rural Flanders are a maze even for those who've been riding them their whole life. Having directions to follow from our GPX files will give you the best experience and the best chance of success.
And don't forget: a bit of competition is nice, but this challenge is not about speed, it's all about the experience. Have fun, keep it safe and respect the local traffic rules. For instance: if there is a cycle path, you're obliged to use it. Click here for a good general guide on riding courteously.
Go to www.flandrienchallenge.cc, scroll down and click the button: 'Connect with Strava'. Once connected to your Strava account, the website will automatically look back through the last calendar month of your activities to see if you have ridden our 59 segments in the allotted 72 hours.
So you don't even have to connect to the website in advance of your attempt. However, we advise you to take a look, because it contains information over routes, each of the segments, advice on places to visit and more!
No problem, take your time. Our website updates regularly and will automatically pick up all your activities of the last calendar month to see how many segments you've unlocked.
The 59 segments that make up the Flandrien Challenge have two statuses: Locked and Unlocked. Locked means you haven’t ridden them yet (or at least not in the last month). Unlocked means you have ridden the segment and you will be able to prove it with the badge on your profile on www.flandrienchallenge.cc.
The Flandrien Challenge website updates Strava user date once an hour, so it might take some time. If you’ve uploaded and you don’t see your results yet, there are two things you can do: If you haven’t finished your route yet … Then keep pedaling! If you have finished and you’re set back waiting for the results then take a hot shower and enjoy a cold beer while you wait.
Did you do all that you had to? You’ve starred the segments before your ride? Conquered them all in 72 hours’ time? Uploaded it to this site? Waited an hour? Still nothing? Then head over here, where Strava can help you out.